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Owings Mills boy first recipient of double hand transplant on a child

Owings Mills boy first recipient of double hand transplant on a child

Zion Harvey strained to grasp the slice of sausage pizza, his fingers clamping down only part of the way before a therapist jumped in to help press them completely together. Using hands is new — and difficult — for 8-year-old Zion because it wasn't so long ago that he didn't have any. When he was 2, doctors amputated his hands and feet after a sepsis infection caused him to develop gangrene. But earlier this month, doctors at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia performed the first-ever pediatric double hand transplant on Zion, who now looks in awe at his new fingers and thumbs. The Owings Mills boy is spending his days working with occupational therapists to...

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